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John Nettleton

5 February 1929 to 12 July 2023

A British actor, who had a prolific career on the British stage and television, earning more than 130 screen credits. John Nettleton made his small screen debut in the mid-1950s, appearing in episodes of various series, until a TV adaptation of ‘The Noise Stopped’ for ITV’s Armchair Theatre (1966) and a recurring role in Her Majesty’s Pleasure (1968-1969) garnered him wider attention. It was as the scheming Sir Arnold Robinson in political satire Yes Minister (1980-1984) and Yes, Prime Minister (1986-88) that he perhaps is best remembered, although he also featured in such series as Churchill’s People (1975), Henry VIII (1979), The Flame Trees of Thika, Brideshead Revisited (both 1981), The Happy Apple (1983), Brass (1984), Fairly Secret Army (1986), East of Ipswich (1987) and The New Statesman (1987-1989). Working alongside his actor wife, Deirdre Doone, he took a stage adaptation of When the Wind Blows on tour in the mid-1980s.

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